15-storey residential tower to go before Planning & Land Use Committee
A proposal for a 15-storey residential tower with groundfloor retail at 726-746 Yates Street will go before the Planning and Land Use Committee at Victoria City Hall this Thursday.
Staff are expected to support the project and developer Concert Properties of Vancouver anticipates a granting of the development permit by council in June.
Brent Beatson of Concert Properties says that if all approvals are in order by the summer, a marketing launch will be targeted for the fall with construction starting in 2012.
The 157-unit tower is aimed at buyers seeking smaller, more affordable inner city homes. Unlike the luxury condo market that has struggled in the current economic climate, smaller, more affordable homes continue to pique the interest of potential buyers that are able to mortgage a home at or below rental rates.
“We’re looking at compact, efficient suites that are value driven,” Beatson said. “Most units will be studios and one-bedrooms, but with 157 units available we also have the flexibility to include a wider range of options.”
The residential tower was originally conceived as a 12-storey, 48-meter tall office building. With the economic downturn several commercial projects, including Concert’s proposal, were canceled or await anchor tenants. Concert, however, saw value in the Yates Street property and opted to completely rethink its plans rather than wait for a commercial market turnaround.
“The office proposal was 12-storeys tall and each floor had a high ceiling. While keeping within the existing zoning, we were able to redesign the building to be 15-floors with shorter ceilings and still fall under the zoned height of 48-meters,” said Beatson.
Concert’s plans for the property include a substantial widening of Millie’s Lane between Yates and Johnson streets to permit a clear line of site between both alley entrances, and a public plaza much like the one envisioned for a previous proposal on the site (dubbed then as The Mozart).
“We’ll be doing a lot of work around the site to enhance the immediate area including the preservation and restoration of the heritage façade of the English candy shop at 738 Yates. In fact the façade will be refurbished back to its original 1905 design and that will require recreating a lot of building elements that are no longer part of the existing façade,” said Beatson.
In recent years Concert Properties has played an active role throughout the urban core of Victoria with construction projects in downtown Victoria, Fairfield and most recently in Burnside’s Selkirk Waterfront neighbourhood. 726-746 Yates will be Concert’s sixth development site in Victoria. VV
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Dylan LeblancJun 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm
Doesn't even show up on the skyline
2F2RJun 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm
>>>I've heard the tower portion of the project has been cancelled. Just two floors will be built now<<<
PLEASE say it's not so ... ...
dasmoJun 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm
I heard it's now going to be a duplex...
VicHockeyFanJun 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm
No, it's the new downtown crane storage/showroom area, that's all. There are more idle cranes arriving now.
The only building now is to be a small sales shack.
jonnyJun 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm
CTV was on site earlier. I'm assuming there will be a segment on the Era tonight.